postcard of the Blue Swallow Motel.
The famous Blue Swallow Motel in
December, 2004, Kathy Weiser.
This image available for
photographic prints and downloads
Listed on the National Register of Historic
Places and one of the longest continuously operated motels along
Route 66 is
the Blue Swallow Motel. Built in 1939 by W. A. Huggins, the motel was an
immediate success as hundreds of travelers heading west stopped for the
Unfortunately, with gas and tire rationing
during World War II, the motels’ visitors began to decline. The best known
of the owners over the years was a woman named Lillian Redman, who
operated the hotel for almost 40 years beginning in 1958. Though she
faced numerous "ups and downs,” she continued to keep the motel open even
was bypassed by I-40, continuing to operate the motel into her nineties.